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BWW Spotlights VIOLET Star Sutton Foster's Blooming Career

In honor of VIOLET's opening on Broadway tonight, BroadwayWorld is highlighting Tony Award-winning actress Sutton Foster's body of work.

Sutton's humble beginnings in the ensembles of GREASE, ANNIE, LES MISERABLES and THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL led to her first big break -- her Tony-winning performance in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE. She went on to showcase her comedy chops in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, SHREK and ANYTHING GOES. And now she has a chance to let her subtlety and honesty shine through in this season's VIOLET.

Scroll down to learn more about Sutton's career, watch songs and highlights, and be sure to let us know your favorite of her performances!


BWW Spotlights VIOLET Star Sutton Foster's Blooming Career

GREASE

1996
Role: Sandy Dumbrowski (Replacement)



BWW Spotlights VIOLET Star Sutton Foster's Blooming Career

ANNIE
1997

Role: Dog Catcher, Cecille, A Star to Be, Ronnie Boylan, Ensemble


BWW Spotlights VIOLET Star Sutton Foster's Blooming Career

LES MISERABLES
2000

Role: Ensemble, Eponine Understudy (Replacement), daughter of the Thénardiers, Éponine secretly loves Marius.


BWW Spotlights VIOLET Star Sutton Foster's Blooming Career

THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL
1997

Role: Ensemble


BWW Spotlights VIOLET Star Sutton Foster's Blooming Career





THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
2002

Role: Millie Dillmount, a young, "modern" woman from Kansas. Originally, her goal is to marry for wealth, rather than love.

Accolades (won): 2002 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical, 2002 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical


BWW Spotlights VIOLET Star Sutton Foster's Blooming Career



LITTLE WOMEN
2005

Role: Jo March, a passionate young woman with big dreams. The story centers around her life.

Accolades (nominated): 2005 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical, 2005 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical


BWW Spotlights VIOLET Star Sutton Foster's Blooming Career





THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
2006

Role: Janet Van De Graaff, a Broadway star, who plans to give up her career for married life.

Accolades (nominated): 2006 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical, 2006 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical


BWW Spotlights VIOLET Star Sutton Foster's Blooming Career



YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
2007

Role: Inga, a yodeling lab assistant with a degree in Laboratory Science from the local community college.


BWW Spotlights VIOLET Star Sutton Foster's Blooming Career




SHREK
2008

Role: Princess Fiona, a young woman with a secret, who has been waiting most of her life for a prince to rescue her from her dragon-protected tower.

Accolades (nominated): 2009 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical, 2009 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical


BWW Spotlights VIOLET Star Sutton Foster's Blooming Career




ANYTHING GOES
2011

Role:
Reno Sweeney, an evangelist turned nightclub singer and an old friend of Billy's.

Accolades (won): 2011 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical, 2011 Tony Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

BWW Spotlights VIOLET Star Sutton Foster's Blooming Career

VIOLET
2014

Role: Violet, a young disfigured woman who embarks on a journey by bus in order to be healed.

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